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Dave Pelland on June 30th, 2010

Monroe honors the wartime service of its veterans with several monuments near the town green. Four monuments at the intersection of Fan Hill Road and Route 111 honor veterans of the two world wars, Korea and Vietnam. Monroe’s World War II monument, dedicated in 1953, is a granite marker with a fluted top. The monument’s […]

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Dave Pelland on June 26th, 2010

The tornado that struck the greater Bridgeport area Thursday afternoon caused serious damage to the Barnum Museum’s building and collections. Two large windows near the museum’s Main Street entrance broke, allowing wind and water into the building. The museum is seeking contributions to help with the restoration effort. More information and a PayPal link are […]

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Dave Pelland on June 26th, 2010

On Thursday afternoon, a tornado struck Bridgeport and surrounding towns. Based on a quick tour Saturday morning, the city’s downtown war memorials escaped storm damage. In downtown Bridgeport, the war memorials outside McLevy Hall appeared fine. A large tree was  uprooted near the corner of Broad and State streets, and several trees were damaged at […]

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Dave Pelland on June 25th, 2010

New Haven honors shipping and railroad investor Cornelius Scranton Bushnell, best known for his contributions to Civil War ironclads, with a monument in Monitor Square. The 1906 monument near the intersection of Chapel Street and Derby Avenue honors Bushnell, a Madison native who operated a marine supply business, served as president of the New Haven […]

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Dave Pelland on June 23rd, 2010

Connecticut’s African American Civil War veterans are honored with a 2008 monument in a New Haven park. Descendants of the Connecticut 29th Colored Regiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, dedicated the monument in New Haven’s Crisculo Park. The 900 soldiers who fought with the regiment are honored with a large, polished black granite monument. Eight smaller monuments, […]

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Dave Pelland on June 11th, 2010

Two monuments honor the 28 workers killed in a 1987 construction accident at the L’Ambiance Plaza apartment complex in Bridgeport. At the Washington Avenue accident site, a seven-foot statue of a construction worker honors the 28 workers killed, and the 22 injured, when the L’Ambiance Plaza building collapsed halfway through construction on April 23, 1987. […]

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Dave Pelland on June 9th, 2010

A large obelisk in Putnam Memorial State Park honors American Revolution soldiers who established winter quarters in Redding. Units under Gen. Israel Putnam spent the winter of 1778-79 at the site, which was chosen to allow the deployment of troops to defend towns in coastal Connecticut, New York City or the Hudson River valley. The […]

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Dave Pelland on June 7th, 2010

Simsbury honors its Civil War veterans with an 1895 monument in its Weatogue section. The Soldiers’ Monument features an infantryman standing with a rifle atop a rough granite pedestal. A dedication on the front (northeast) face reads, “Erected to the memory of Union Soldiers in the War of the Rebellion 1861-1865.” A GAR emblem also […]

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